Updated: Jan 15, 2020
A Release Train Engineer asked me which of team ceremonies she ought to attend. My answer was that she needs to attend many of them regularly but not every single one. Of course the reason behind the question is often more interesting than the question itself but first a little background.
The term Release Train Engineer (RTE for short) has become well known for those followers of the Scaled Agile Framework where it is used to refer to the ScrumMaster of a Team of Teams also known as a Release Train. It is also a term used in many places where we see agility at scale.
The RTE role belongs in the same family as ScrumMasters and coaches so we expect RTEs to exhibit many of the same servant leader attributes. Servant leaders have a passion for a passion for people and their continued development so we expect RTEs to mentor and help ScrumMasters. The sheepdog analogy is a popular one when explaining the ScrumMaster role and similarly we expect RTEs to use their enhanced vision to help them see the path ahead, spot dangers early and sometimes use their sharp teeth to protect their flock from predators.